New York City Bar Association
The New York City Bar Association is comprised of lawyers and law students, founded as an anti-corruption measure in 1870. The City Bar operates The City Bar Justice Center Hotline, a free legal advice hotline for low-income NYC residents.


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Singing Lawyers?

Who knew! For more than 20 years, the New York Bar Chorus has brought high-energy and uplifting performances across the city in the name of charity and goodwill. On a volunteer basis, a variety of legal professionals have performed everything from "Wicked" to "West Side Story" to bring cheers, encourage community togetherness, and to enhance the reputations of lawyers everywhere. In late 2015, the CBC, as they call themselves, crossed paths with the Chicago Bar Association Chorus to bring double the choir-stravaganza for a dual-city holiday show.

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NYC BAR On This Changing Industry

Being a lawyer once meant job security and big paychecks, but in the midst of a recession, big law firms are resorting to legal outsourcing to save costs. In turn, many law school graduates are finding themselves with large student loan debts and few avenues of employment. That's why the New York City Bar Association brainstormed a solution by placing new lawyers in apprenticeships at large firms, or at government and non-profit organizations. There is also an encouragement for legal neophytes to start their own firms and cultivate their own businesses, rather than working for someone else in order to establish themselves. 

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Court Square Law Project Fellowship

In an effort to curb underrepresentation from low-income communities, The New York City Bar Association joined forces with CUNY School of Law to match new lawyers with individuals who can't afford high-priced legal representation. The Court Square Law Project will change modest fees from clients, and new lawyers will receive a fellowship that will reward them with a stipend, mentoring and supervised training and real experience. In a city where there are too many lawyers and not enough jobs, the law of supply and demand also helps people most in need.

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